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The most important water vein of SPb: follow the Fontanka river

Your Guru: Katerina
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  • Saint Petersburg
  • Available in English, Russian
  • 2 hours y 30 minutes

About the Guru

Sightseeing may be interesting only for the first time. What's then? Don't you want to see the other side of Saint Petersburg with all those legends and extraordinary ordinary life? I spent time searching for the most interesting and unusual walking routes that show the City as it is. Then, I checked them, add some points. After I tried them on my friends. They gave me thei... More

Sightseeing may be interesting only for the first time. What's then? Don't you want to see the other side of Saint Petersburg with all those legends and extraordinary ordinary life? I spent time searching for the most interesting and unusual walking routes that show the City as it is. Then, I checked them, add some points. After I tried them on my friends. They gave me their feedbacks and I corrected these routes. So now I have what I have! Do you want to extend boundaries of learning the city of Saint Petersburg? Join me!

About the Tour

In contrast to the Neva and its many rivers and canals, the Fontaka has a single embankment running along its seven kilometer course. Until the middle of the 18th century the Fontanka served as the southern boundary of the city, and after it was considered the boundary of fine construction of St. Petersburg. Not surprisingly, there are a huge number of buildings here that are of historical and cultural value. Moreover, you can get acquainted with them not only walking along the promenade but also on-board a tour on a boat.

The modern name of the Fontanka River (from the Russian word "fountain") was conceived in 1737 when aqueducts were constructed across it to feed water to the fountains of the Summer Garden. In the 18th century, forests grew on the southern banks of the Fontanka, sheltering bandits that attacked the highways leading out of St. Petersburg. For this reason, there were army and police posts at the intersection of major roads with the Fontanka during that time. Numerous semi-circular and rectangular bridgeheads today stand preserved as a reminder of the posts. Only in the second half of the 18th`Century, when the city border moved to what is now Zagorodny Prospekt, did the Fontanka offically enter the city limits.

The first building on the banks of the Fontanka was the Summer Palace of Peter the Great. According to the custom introduced by Peter at the time, all buildings along a river had to have their own moorings and piers. From 1780-1789, architect Alexey Kvasov built up granite embankments, ramps, and slipways to the river. At the end of the 18th century, the river channel was straightened. In 1797-1800 on the banks of the Fontanka, the Mikhailovsky Castle was built by architect Vincenzo Brenna on the orders of Paul I, with a moat dug around it on three sides and connected to the river.

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Tour Schedule

  • Sat, 06 Mar
    14:00
  • Sun, 07 Mar
    14:00
  • Mon, 08 Mar
    14:00

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

No reviews yet